In 2006, the Trust began work on Local Geodiversity Action Plans (GAPs) for the two counties after receiving funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ASLF).  This initiative included reviewing and recording a number of aggregate sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire with the making of recommendations for the promotion of geology and geological heritage across both counties. These web pages on aggregates are part of an ongoing process to make the findings of the geodiversity audits more widely available to the public.

The Geological Records Centre holds information on a number of different types of site. These site classifications were set out by the Nature Conservancy Council and are as follows:

  • Active quarries and pits
  • Disused quarries  and pits
  • Coastal cliffs and foreshore
  • River and stream sections
  • Inland outcrops
  • Exposure of underground mines and tunnels
  • Extensive buried interest
  • Road, rail and canal cuttings
  • Static geomorphological features (landscape features that have been formed by processes that are no longer active)
  • Active geomorphological features (landscape features that are being formed by processes active today)
  • Caves
  • Karst
  • Finite mineral, fossil or other geological
  • Mine dumps
  • Finite underground mines and tunnels
  • Finite buried interest

Of these, the following pages provide overviews on active and disused aggregate quarries and pits within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Quarries are considered to be sources of aggregate if a significant proportion of material quarried is used as aggregate. Therefore, sites that produce stone for uses additional to aggregates, such as building stone, may also be detailed.

Further information on Geodiversity Action Plans and geological conservation can be found through the web links below:

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local GAPs

Geological Conservation: A Guide to Good Practice

Local Geodiversity Action Plans

UK Geodiversity Action Plan

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